CROTHERSVILLE

A student consistently comes into the classroom without having completed his assignments or being unwilling to participate in discussions.

That usually results in the teacher getting upset with the student.

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But then the teacher finds out the only time the student is eating is at school during lunch, and he’s not able to concentrate on his homework or classes because he’s hungry.

That changes the teacher’s perspective.

Adam Robinson, an art teacher at Crothersville Junior-Senior High School, said it was eye-opening when he realized this is reality for some students at the school.

In his first year as adviser of the high school’s National Honor Society, he talked to the organization’s 11 members about starting a backpack program to help combat the issue.

Each backpack is filled with a loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter, a jar of jelly and a box of snack cakes.

Every Wednesday, Robinson picks up 30 of each of those items from Aldi in Seymour. Kara Hunt, a sixth-grade math and science teacher at the school, then fills the backpacks and places them in students’ lockers.

“You give a little bit more empathy to some of the kids and you’re like, ‘Maybe my subject doesn’t matter as much as I thought it did when they are hungry,’” Robinson said.

“It does make you feel good just knowing that it may only be peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and it may be a Swiss Cake Roll or some type of sweet, but at least they are

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To donate money, food or backpacks to Crothersville High School National Honor Society’s backpack program, contact Adam Robinson at 812-793-2051 or arobinson@crothersville.k12.in.us or stop by the school office at 109 N. Preston St., Crothersville.

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Zach Spicer is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at zspicer@tribtown.com or 812-523-7080.